King Salman Visits Java and Bali Islands
King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Kingdom Saudi Arabia will visit Indonesia (Java and Bali islands) from March 1 to 9, 2017. This will be a historic moment for Indonesia because there has been no such a trip for 47 years. The king of Saudi Arabia and his entourage of about 1.5 thousand people will board four Boeing B747-400 and 200, two Boeing B777, and two C-130 Hercules aircraft, including 10 ministers and 25 princes will arrive in Jakarta on March 1 for a state visit and vacation in Indonesia.
One of the economic cooperation that will also be discussed is about the construction of oil refinery in Cilacap, Central Java, as the result of cooperation between Saudi Aramco and Pertamina with an investment of US$6 billion. The visit is also related with the realization of the Hajj quota increase, and the protection of Indonesian citizens in Saudi Arabia, as well as those who perform the pilgrimage and umrah.
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police is prepared to provide security during the visit of King Salman to Jakarta. Police personnel will be deployed on the roads from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta to the Bogor Presidential Palace, some 40 kilometers south of Jakarta, on March 1The Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said on Thursday that on March 1, the police would secure King Salman’s route from Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in East Jakarta to the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, to meet with President Joko Widodo.
During the first three days, King Salman is scheduled to undertake an official state visit, while he and his entourage will be on vacation in Bali for the next six days.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, in a statement made available to ANTARA News on Thursday, said the Saudi Kings vacation in Bali will boost tourism in the island resort.